National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) and Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) on Saturday organized a one-day National Workshop on Citizen-Centric Governance in association with the Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
The inaugural session was attended by the Secretary, DoPT, Mr Sanjay Kothari, Prof. Dipankar Gupta, Dr. Pramod Kumar, senior officials of DoPT and NCGG, and IAS officers of 2013 batch.
Addressing the workshop Sanjay Kothari said that the target of Governance Reforms should be to make governance processes easier for every common citizen even in the remotest part of the country. He also urged the administrators and policy-makers to do away with the colonial attitude towards governance and called for reforms in redundant rules and processes .
As a continuation of the PM Modi’s announcement, Kothari said, “The government is working to do away with interviews for the lower level jobs and appoint employees on merit basis. This will make the employees have pride and more efficient personnel will be recruited to the government.”
Kothari also mentioned that getting SC/ST certificates and Domicile certificates is an up-hill task today and administrative changes should be made to simplify this process. Likewise, getting Police verification is also a complicated task and this should also be simplified in governance.
While referring 2013 IAS Officers, Kothari said “It is their responsibility to bring changes in governance, and make efforts to transform India as second largest economy in the world. He advised the young IAS officers to change their mindset from ‘how not to work’ to ‘how to work’.”
He also advised all to make blood donation, which is needed everywhere.
The theme of the workshop was introduced by Prof. Dipankar Gupta and Dr. Promod Kumar, Chairperson, Punjab Governance Reforms Commission and Director, Insititute for Development and Communication who delivered the key-note address and highlighted the need to overcome the deficits of trust, dignity, productivity and citizen engagement in the existing governance system.